I recently was in Moscow for a conference and a few extra weeks after that. I thought of trying to buy some historical Soviet and/or Russian-made fountain pens, since they're not made anymore.
An internet search led me to the announcement that there was a meeting of the Moscow fountain pen enthusiasts, scheduled for April 26, 2012, which I attended. It was held in a Tibetan restaurant (called Tibet-Himalayas), in the high-end shopping center at 10 Nikolskaya Street. I was slightly embarrassed, since they all knew much more about the U.S. fountain pen scene than I did, including Peyton Street Pens and many Ebay sellers. Igor, one of the attendees, had a large collection of Soviet pens and I acquired a Sacco and Vanzetti pen from him, with a gold nib, for around $25. The factory was named after the two men who were executed as anarchists in the U.S., but were revered as heroes in the Soviet Union. It has the Russian abbreviation for SV on both the clip and nib and is a piston filler.
The Sacco and Vanzetti was in excellent condition, but not totally unused. I asked for advice about where I might find something unused from the Soviet era and I was advised to visit the huge flea market near the Izmaylovo hotel complex, held on weekends. There I found an unused Yaroslavl' fountain pen, dating from 1976, which was being sold as a boxed set with a broken ballpoint pen for around $20. I told the seller I'd take the unused fountain pen alone for $7 and she agreed. I wasn't quite sure what I bought, but I later got a definite ID on the website used by Russian fountain pen enthusiasts, including the Moscow group that met on April 26 (http://www.elitepen.ru).
The first three images below are the SV pen, after that the Yaroslavl'
The write-up and photos of the Moscow meeting are at: http://www.elitepen....er=asc&start=30
Recent Visit To The Moscow Fountain Pen Club
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